What meat do you enjoy besides beef, chicken, pork, turkey, common seafood and (probably forgetting something major so insert popular meat here)?
Share what it tastes like, recipes, etc. Feel free to include unusual cuts of the above too!
My favorites are seared Ahi Tuna and King Crab. I have also had Muktuk and used to eat a lot of moose meat(before I was pescetarian) which is very, very good! My husband loves duck.
In case you can't tell, I am Alaskan. Lol
I love bison, but had only had it in restaurants. We picked some up and I want more! It's fairly similar to beef, but much, much leaner. It's also quite dark. Luckily, I can get local sources here!
I'm curious to try out elk.
@6598731ssfse3: I had to look up Muktuk (whale). Is it really fatty?
I adore venison, rabbit, squirrel, and pheasant! Goat is quite tasty as well.
I've tried both kangaroo and crocodile, and both were really tasty. Kangaroo is apparently a cheap meat in Australia, but it was really delicious and not very fatty. We had kangaroo burgers (in addition to steaks and whatnot), and the meat never really browns, so it was a little weird to eat really red burgers. My inner health inspector was freaking out!
I really like venison but it can be pricey, same for duck and wild boar.
I'll try just about anything, I can't buy these where I am but I've also had reindeer, ostrich and kangaroo. Wasn't a fan of crocodile myself, and I dislike pretty much all seafood.
Edit - remembered goat after seeing it above, goat curry is amazing!
Alligator is pretty good and venison is wonderful. Also it's super cheap when you hunt and process your.own! And no factory farms involved.
Geez, I was going to say buffalo is good, but after seeing kangaroo, crocodile, squirrel, and muktuk... well, buffalo isn't that unusual. Haha. I don't eat meat anymore, but I did like that buffalo is good and kind of like beef but a little less fatty.
@chasesgirl: Alligator is good!
I've had octopus before, it wasnt bad..a little rubbery...
Venison is probably the only "exotic" meat I've ever tried. It was tasty but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat it again.
@YogaFaerie: lol It's ok, I started the thread and I'm not super adventurous.
By venison, do people mean deer, or does it include other meat as well? Can someone describe the difference between elk and deer meat?
@AB Bride: I mean deer but I think technically it applies to other stuff (elk, reindeer, moose or any "game" animal) but the common usage would be deer meat.
@AB Bride: Yes. The black part is whale skin the pink (or white or grey, depending on the whale) is blubber. It's chewy and delicious.
Love bison, have had venison and it's fine, alligator and it just kinda tasted like chicken lol. I love. Had duck recently and it was amazing! I'm open to other meat sources, as long as it's not organs. I really can't get my mind over eating non-muscular meats for the most part (like liver, etc)
i am not a big game meat eater. i stick to pork, chicken, beef. i don't like the taste of gamey meats. i do like all seafood though.
i love octopus and squid. i have also had conch. it was delicious. for those not familiar with what conch is, here is the shell.
@AB Bride: Duck, pheasant and goose should go down well. Stay away from venison though, because lots of people dislike it.
I looooove deer (venison)! My uncle's a hunter and my parents have hunting friends and they have a deal -- use our hundred acres of unspoiled pennsylvania mountain wilderness and hunt whatever you want as long as we get our cut. They usually haul back so much (since it's private property and they have no competition) that some winters my parents have to find room in the dedicated freezer for most of a deer.
Living in Korea I miss it so much. It tastes kind of like a really lean pot roast, when you put it in a stew. My uncle also makes deer jerky and it's really flavorful. Super healthy too.
I've also eaten sting ray, which is weird -- the spices in the dish I had it in kind of overwhelmed the very delicate, light flavor, but the texture was FANTASTIC. It melts in your mouth. You can also eat the weirdly soft bones but they're not as good.
Octopus and squid are both also pretty delicious. A little chewy, depending on how they're cooked, but fun to eat. Dried squid is a popular snack here.
Had rabbit once but was not impressed.
Also, can I just advise that more americans should eat duck more often? Since coming here it's become one of my favorite foods and I don't get why it's not more popular back home. It tastes like really good red meat crossed with bacon. (And the best part is after you cook it, you have massive piles of duck fat in which to cook everything else for days. Everything is better cooked in duck fat.)
Bison, lamb, and duck. om nom nom
Squid. I always get squid salad when I go for sushi. It's chewy, but not fishy at all. It's so good, I could eat it every day!
Ahi tuna is def a close 2nd.
Gosh, I love trying different foods. I have had so many
Rabbit- not worth the cost
Duck (and I love Duck tonque!!). Takes practice cooking to render it skin crispy.
Love chicken hearts and liver. either on a skewer or as a pate
Rattlesnake- I think it was in a "cake" like crab cake form.
Alligator- needs long cooking, its rubbery. Its good in stews
Boar- it was in a stew and fatty. If I made it I would try to trim it better or render it first.
Frog legs- good, not worth the cost
Pigs head- tasty! had it in France and tasted like fatty bacon.
Conch- fresh caught on a wood fire on the beach. nothing better.
Abalone- really expensive, good but not worth it after the first try.
squid & octopus etc (its a hard item to cook properly, but done right its delectable)
salmon jerky (OK not that odd, but the fact it was jerky was different)
antelope- a lot like venison. like all beef "like" products, depends on the cut how to cook it.
Ostrich- particurally find their eggs fun because of the size
Quail eggs- these are cool, really tough to peel so dont hard boil. tough to crack but make fun little fried eggs. I put them in baby bellas as a little poppable app.
Pheasant- Good, not extradinory
I think I have had kangaroo, but now I am not sure. I forget.
Maybe others. DH had a horse steak once.
I had cow tongue once. Although it is still beef (right?), it's quite untraditional. To me, it resembled the taste of calf liver. Like PPs, I've also had conch! It was fried, like nuggets! Very good!
Elk - delicious! Elk burger and elk jerkey is to die for.
Alligator - yum! I had it fried. It was nice. I wouldn't go out of my way for it though.
Warthog - so good! Had this in South Africa as sausages. Similar to pork, but even better.
Snails - rather bland actually. Reminded me of the texture of clam. Good with garlic salty butter.
Frog legs - just okay. Wouldn't go out of my way for it. Good though.
Squid & octopus - really love it! Always have some when available.
Some very adventureous eaters here!
@ThreeMeers: It wouldn't even occur to me to eat bear.
I do like lamb, DH and I have never cooked it though. We'll have to give that a try sometime.
You didn't mention it but DH and I love veal. But I would consider it a common meat.
I can't eat most of what is posted here and I'm not really adventurous with my meat. However I do love cheek meat. I think it's a cut that not many people go for, but it's super tender and melts in your mouth. It's perfect for an overnight stew in the crock pot because it doesn't get tough.
There is a local bison ranch here and my favorite burger place has a burger from them- it is so good! I also LOVE venison. It is super lean and tastes great- you just have to soak it in salt water overnight to remove the blood so it isn't gamey. I also love lamb- we make gyro meat from local lamb and it is SO GOOD. I am freaking crazy for gyros and it is nice to have meat from a good source. Pheasant is delicious if you smoke it! My mum actually served it at her wedding.
I really like canadian geese, they're cute but yummy too! Also deer is great. Pheasant and duck are nice for a change as well. I was lucky growing up that my dad enjoyed hunting and gave us such fun culinary experiences! :)
ive hada piece...more like crumb of bison...at cabelas in the form ofa hamburger....i dont do exotic...freaks me out
The most exotic proteins I've had would have to be venison (The jerky is superb. I have had venison from deer, elk and moose.) and escargot (snails).
I definitely liked the deer over the snails. Escargot has a very unusual texture, and relatively no taste.
Edit: I've also had Ostrich. There was a small burger joint back home that made ostrich burgers. Doesn't really taste much different from chicken, just a little gamier.
@AB Bride: Venison. My dad hunts so we have a regular supply of deer meat which we use in place of beef for almost everything other than steaks.
I've had squid, boar, alligator, rattlesnake, and ostrich. The ostrich was delicious. It's a red meat and was prepared like filet mignon. I also like the boar but wasn't a fan of the reptiles. I'm crazy about calamari. Yummmm....
I've has escargot too. Even though they were swimming in butter and garlic I thought they had a distinct "dirt" taste. The guy I was with told me I chewed them too much. LOL
I've had escargot and calamari, both gross. I didn't realize that calamari also came in the form of tiny, whole squid, so I nearly started crying at the table.
I love lamb and duck, which are pretty common. If there is duck on a restaurant menu I almost always choose that, delicious.
I'm Australian so I've had kangaroo. It is extremely lean which is good for you, but that is why they can't cook it any more than medium-rare or it tastes like old boot!
I've had escargot which was yummy, mostly because it was covered in buttery garlic.
I am not a big meat eater, but when I lived in Africa they served a lot of goat. It's good! I guess it tastes like beef but the flavor isn't as strong, and it can be very tender.
I really love lamb, duck, rabbit and venison. My FI is a hunter and we have a fridge full of elk and deer. It is so delicious when cooked well. Rack of lamb is like amazeballs. Couldn't eat enough of it.
@Bebealways: I looooooove duck! My husband is a hunter and we had bacon wrapped duck breasts lightly cooked in a balsamic reduction then finished on the grill placed over wild rice last night... And he thinks he can't cook!
@Hyperventilate: I die over my DH's venison jerky. It is SO good. He also makes his own jalapeno and cheese summer sausage out of his venison.
I love conch (reminds me of our honeymoon!), squid, bison, quail, quail eggs, and pheasant too. I am also a huge fan of crawfish. Its traditional where I live to throw a big crawfish boil during the spring, but I will eat them however they're cooked. They taste like a milder seafood. Fried crawfish tails = yum!
Lamb is anything but a less popular meat here. Squid and octopus are freely available. FI and I also eat ostrich quite often. Types of buck that FI enjoys are springbok and gemsbok - I'm not a fan though. I find it way too gamey.
Bison and Elk are delicious and hold up to a lot of flavor. Ostrich is the strangest, but tasty meat - you would think it's "white meat" since its a bird...but its a strange tasty cross between turkey and like pork in texture. Pompano is a great fish, good in a meyer lemon sauce or lemon caper sauce.
I love (1) barbecued crocodile, (2) ostrich fillet with port reduction, and (3) duck confit with toasted walnut vinaigrette. So, so good!
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